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Campaign 2008

Another reminder that this is the year of the YouTube campaign: In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Clinton allegedly made the remark, "Rich people --- God bless us." Her spokesperson said hearers misunderstood --- she said "Rich people --- God blessed us" --- but Daily Kos calls it a lie.

Another video - this one of a Clinton friend using a racial slur to describe Indiana voters - started circulating, too. This one, though, seems to be doctored.

Clinton schmoozed with female voters during an intimate chat with a momlogic.com audience. She discussed dealing with Chelsea's short skirt, watching Donna Reed and Snow White, and struggling to open a coconut.

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Obama, McCain and Clinton are debating the gas tax. Clinton and McCain have plans to suspend the gas tax during the summer, but Obama calls it an expensive "political stunt." Obama hit Hillary with this ad, and Clinton responded with this one. Clinton wants to know if members of Congress are "with us or against us" on the tax. Nancy Pelosi is against it.

Obama is attempting to combat the view that he's an "elitist pointy-headed intellectual" by emphasizing his difficult beginnings. He addressed the objection that he doesn't wear a flag pin.

A new poll finds that Bush might be a bigger liability than Wright or Bill Clinton. Some 43 percent of registered voters said they were concerned about McCain's ties with Bush. Bush's approval ratings have fallen to 34%.

Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, came out of hiding to dig Obama's grave this week. Obama finally expressed outrage at Wright's words, but a Rasmussen poll reveals that 58% of voters thought Obama denounced Wright for political convenience, not out of outrage. Judge for yourself here.

In the flap over Jeremiah Wright, bloggers are dredging up Top 10 Outrageous Quotes from McCain's Spiritual Advisors (including sexist jokes) and videos of John Hagee calling America a pagan nation. They note the similarities of "God damn America" and "America has become a pagan society." They're starting to learn, though, that in some circles, views like this are as mainstream as Wright's are in other circles.

After Obama's trying week, the Root publishes an open letter to Michelle Obama: "Can Barack please have a cigarette? ... Cigarettes got him this far. ... can he please just have one?"

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